This is a French Limoges Haviland & Co hard paste porcelain sauce boat with an attached under plate in the leaf blank. The date is the 19th century, circa 1876 to 1889.
The dish is 8" long, 6 ½" wide and 2 3/8" high.
The pattern fits into the Meadow Visitor category because it has flying insects - some butterflies, bees and a dragonfly. The floral transfer pattern is most likely a botanical series as each spray of flowers is different. There are pink roses and other types of blossoms in different colors of lavender, blue and brown, all on long stems with leaves. There are daubs of white enamel applied to the insects and flowers by hand at the factory.
The leaf blank has an irregular edge with lines in the porcelain to indicate the veins of the leaf. The bottom part of the dish has an open handle.
The edges and handle are trimmed in gold, with a gold band encircling the bottom edge of the boat and the under plate.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There is a little rubbing wear to the pattern and just a tiny bit of wear to the gold trim. There are a few ash flecks in the glaze due to the firing process.
The green underglaze mark is H&Co underscored by L. The factory decorating mark shows the store that originated the order for this dish and it is in red overglaze and reads as Brooklyn Ovingtons Chicago.
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